Bolden Staying Put, His HS Coach Says

Rob Bolden drops back in last year's game against Alabama. (Mike Pettigano/BSD)


Centre Daily Times football writer Travis Johnson tweeted that just minutes ago, rebuffing reports within the premium recruiting sites--that were later posted to StateCollege.com--that the rising junior was looking to leave Penn State.

Of course, it's possible that Bolden still is looking for a way out of Penn State, and that his former QB coach is just out of the loop. However, when Rob decided to return to Penn State before the 2011 season, it was the same coach, Don Buchanan, who informed the world of that decision. And yes, Bolden is no stranger to floating ideas of a transfer before returning to Penn State.

Of course, the situation remains fluid, and this shouldn't be taken as confirmation that Bolden will be with the team this season, but it's certainly a step in that direction.

Bolden, who has two years of eligibility and a redshirt year remaining, has reportedly fallen to a distant third in the quarterback competition, behind Matt McGloin and Paul Jones. If Bolden opts to stay with the team, it was rumored that Bill O'Brien would look to use his redshirt this season.

Two years ago, Bolden became the first ever true freshman to start from day one under Joe Paterno, only losing his starting job because of a concussion suffered against Minnesota. Since then, though, he's struggled--and from an outsider's perspective, it's seemed more like an issue of confidence than physical ability. The opportunity to get a fresh start must be tempting for Rob, but if he's decided to stick it out for Penn State, then even better.


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